Victoria Rowell
American actor
Victoria Rowell
Victoria "Vicki" Lynn Rowell is an American actress and dancer. She is best known for her portrayal of Drucilla Winters on the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless, and medical examiner/pathologist Dr. Amanda Bentley on the CBS drama Diagnosis: Murder. From 1993 to 2000, she appeared on both series simultaneously.
Biography
Victoria Rowell's personal information overview.
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Black ex-soap opera star sues CBS with retaliation charge
Yahoo News - about 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Former soap opera actress Victoria Rowell has sued CBS and producers, saying they have kept her off the air as retaliation for advocating the casting of more black people.
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Black ex-soap opera star sues CBS with retaliation charge
Yahoo News - about 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Former soap opera actress Victoria Rowell has sued CBS and producers, saying they have kept her off the air as retaliation for advocating the casting of more black people.
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Nia Vardalos Books 'SVU' Role
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Nia Vardalos will guest star on an upcoming episode of "Law & Order: SVU." The "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" star will appear in "Criminal Hatred," the Wednesday, Jan. 30 episode on NBC at 9 p.m. EST. According to NBC, Vardalos will play Counselor Minonna Efron, whose client is on trial for assault and murder. Vardalos' character is described as "disorganized," which makes D.A. Barba (recurring guest star Raul Esparza) think he's got an easy win, but the character winds up thrwarting him at every turn. “The Young and The Restless” star Victoria Rowell also guest stars and Fred Norris makes a cameo appearance. Marcia Gay Harden will return as FBI Agent Dana Lewis in "Secrets Exhumed," the February 6 episodes of "SVU." Agent Lewis partners with the SVU when she suspects a rape-murder case is connected to several cases across the country. "Lost" actor Harold Perrineau will also guest star in the same episode as career criminal Brian Traymor. "Last Resort" actor Jay Karn ...
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Victoria Rowell talks Natl. Adoption Day
CNN - over 5 years
Actress and child advocate <a class="fplink fp-277092" href="/victoria+rowell">Victoria Rowell</a> talks to CNN's T.J. Holmes about National Adoption Day.
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Chie Davis: Sitting Down with Victoria Rowell
The Huffington Post - over 5 years
Former Young and the Restless actress, New York Times best-selling author and activist, <a class="fplink fp-277092" href="/victoria+rowell">Victoria Rowell</a> discusses her work and gives a tour of her fabulous home.
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A Monumental Life: Star-studded Gala Celebrates King in Grand Style - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Standout moments the presentation was a charming dialogue between Martin and Coretta, portrayed by Hill Harper and Victoria Rowell. Rowell in particular, brought a sense of charm to the role and the dialogue balanced with Harper&#39;s poised demeanor gave
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Civil rights luncheon honors leaders - S2Smagazine.com
Google News - over 5 years
Entertainers such comedian Jonathan Slocumb and soap opera star Victoria Rowell also joined in to share their thoughts and show their support, providing some laughs and some insight for their dining guests. Jonathan, who insisted that Sister 2 Sister
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Earthquake in VA, Felt in NYC; Soap Stars React - We Love Soaps
Google News - over 5 years
@BethAnntastic (BethAnn Bonner): I&#39;m pretty sure I was just on the 40th floor in a high rise during an #earthquake um...scary. @victoriarowell (Victoria Rowell): Martin Luther King&#39;s spirit entering into DC with a ROAR seems to me
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Formal galas will welcome Martin Luther King memorial - USA Today
Google News - over 5 years
Actors Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, and Hill Harper of TV&#39;s CSI: NY will join actor and opera singer Avery Brooks and actor and author Victoria Rowell Friday for MLK: A Monumental Life, a musical theater production that
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Actor to host local magazine's event for former soap star, author - Dayton Daily News (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Actress and author Victoria Rowell and Dayton author Valerie J. Lewis Coleman will be honored for their literary contributions. Rowell a former “The Young and the Restless” star, is the author of “The Women who raised me” and “Secrets of a Soap Opera
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IL TELECOMANDO, LA GUIDA TV DI DM: 20 LUGLIO 2011 - DavideMaggio.it
Google News - over 5 years
Home of the Brave è un film a colori di genere drammatico, guerra della durata di 106 min. diretto da Irwin Winkler e interpretato da Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel, Brian Presley, Curtis Jackson, Christina Ricci, Chad Michael Murray, Victoria Rowell,
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Debbi Morgan Comments on Y&R Role: NOT Playing Drucilla - We Love Soaps
Google News - over 5 years
But for those who have speculated about the possibility of my taking over the role of the ex- “Drucilla Winters”, played by the wonderfully talented Victoria Rowell, I can tell you absolutely not!… No way…No how! Ms. Rowell has put her stamp on the
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Scene in Cascade: Radcliffe Bailey - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
It was shot by Bailey&#39;s celebrity wife Victoria Rowell of Young and the Restless Fame. The two were introduced by Hollywood royalty Samuel L. Jackson (a 1972 Morehouse College graduate) and married in 2009. Born in 1968 in New Jersey, Bailey moved to
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Southern Past, Modern Present - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Mr. Bailey and his wife, Victoria Rowell, have four children between them from previous relationships, ranging from ages 8 through 22. Ms. Rowell, who grew up in foster homes in rural Maine, said although the ultra-contemporary home is somewhat
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14 Days calendar listings- Edition of June 9, 2011 - Shore News Today
Google News - over 5 years
The keynote speaker will be actress and author Victoria Rowell. Free. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Young Adult Group 6 pm Wednesdays, June 15 and 29, July 13 and 27, and Aug
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14 Days calendar listings- Edition of June 2, 2011 - Shore News Today
Google News - over 5 years
The keynote speaker will be actress and author Victoria Rowell. Free. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Miss New Jersey Pageant June 16-18 at the Ocean City Music Pier auditorium,
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"Waiting for 'Superman'" Town Hall Charts Road to Educational Equality - TakePart - Inspiration to Action
Google News - almost 6 years
Panel participants for Wednesday&#39;s event include Martha Minow, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Harvard Law School; Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana (via satellite); Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa (via satellite); Victoria Rowell, Former Foster Youth,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Victoria Rowell
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 55
    As of February 2015, the website, dru4diversity, is maintained by Rowell's legal team chronicling Rowell's continuing legal fight to be re-employed at The Young and the Restless.
    More Details Hide Details On November 11, 2015 it was reported that the judge presiding over the case dismissed the suit without prejudice. Giving Rowell leave to resubmit if she could present more evidence to support her claims. On November 25, Rowell tweeted that her legal team had resubmitted an amended claim. According to Rowell, the case is set to be heard in federal court April 17, 2017.
    In June 2015, Rowell's legal team filed a declaration in furtherance of the lawsuit.
    More Details Hide Details In the declaration Rowell alleges that she was the target of racially motivated attacks on the set of The Young and the Restless, at the hands of former co-stars, Michelle Stafford, Melody Thomas Scott, and Peter Bergman.
    In February 2015, Rowell filed a lawsuit against CBS, Sony Pictures Television, Bell Dramatic Serial Company and Bell-Phillip Television Production Inc, alleging racial discrimination and retaliation.
    More Details Hide Details In the suit Rowell alleges that since 2010 she has made several attempts to be re-employed at The Young and the Restless or employed at sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful, but has been repeatedly denied due to her outspokenness about lack of diversity both in front and behind the cameras at soap operas. The same day the suit was filed CBS released a statement saying that Rowell left the cast of her own initiative, the suit was without merit and they would vigorously defend the case.
  • 2014
    Age 54
    On January 2, 2014, Bailey filed for divorce from Rowell.
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    In 2014, Rowell posted a series of tweets criticizing the show for not having enough African-Americans in decision making positions. "Young & Restless on air for 40 years, loyally watched by their absolute competitive-edge audience (blacks) & not one black Exec producer?" - she tweeted.
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  • 2012
    Age 52
    In March 2012, Storey Publishing released a vv book titled Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games, which Rowell co-authored with well-known environment an activist Paul Tukey.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 48
    In May 2008, Rowell announced her engagement to Radcliffe Bailey, an Atlanta artist, at her annual High Tea at Noon fundraiser. Victoria and Radcliffe married on June 27, 2009, in Dublin, New Hampshire.
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  • 2007
    Age 47
    In 2007, Rowell published a memoir of her life that focused on hero time in foster care.
    More Details Hide Details Entitled The Women Who Raised Me, Rowell discusses all of the foster mothers who cared for her and for her sister helping to unite children with forever families.
    She began a national book tour in April 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2008, Victoria was the first recipient of the Gift of Adoption Celebration of Adoption Award, an award given to individuals or groups who are helping to unite children with forever families. In 1990, Rowell founded the "Rowell Foster Children Positive Plan", which gives emotional support and financial aid to foster children, especially to those who aspire to become actors and dancers - the road Rowell took. In 2004, she was a special guest on the talk show Dr. Phil, in which she gave an emancipated foster child a chance at a job with Sony, dental care, and a scholarship from her foundation. In May 2006, Rowell was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Southern Maine in recognition of her work for the benefit of foster children.
    In 2007, Rowell published a memoir of her life that focused on her time in foster care.
    More Details Hide Details Entitled The Women Who Raised Me, Rowell discusses all of the foster mothers who cared for her and for her sisters. She also pays tribute to the women in a documentary film, The Mentor, that she participated in. Rowell says that she began writing the book when Y&R turned down her offer to write for the show.
  • 2006
    Age 46
    In May 2006, Rowell was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Southern Maine in recognition of her work for the benefit of foster children.
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  • 2004
    Age 44
    In 2004, she was a special guest on the talk show Dr. Phil, in which she gave an emancipated foster child a chance at a job with Sony, dental care, and a scholarship from her foundation.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 37
    In 1997 she appeared in the critically acclaimed drama film, Eve's Bayou.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2000s she appeared in the number of small films, like Motives and A Perfect Fit. In 2006 she co-starred as Samuel L. Jackson's character wife in Home of the Brave. She also had the recurring roles on Single Ladies and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In spring 2009, Rowell signed a six-figure deal with Atria Books for a book about the world of daytime TV. She released her memoirs called The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir in 2008. She later released Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva: A Novel (2010) The Young and the Ruthless: Back in the Bubbles (2013).
  • 1994
    Age 34
    In 1994 she played FBI agent Beth Jordan in comedy film Dumb and Dumber.
    More Details Hide Details She co-starred opposite Mario Van Peebles in the science fiction crime film Full Eclipse (1993), and had a major role in the box office failure action film Barb Wire (1996) with Pamela Anderson.
  • 1992
    Age 32
    She had the role of Eddie Murphy's character's love interest in the 1992 comedy film, The Distinguished Gentleman.
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  • 1990
    Age 30
    Rowell's first run as Drucilla was from 1990 to 1998.
    More Details Hide Details She briefly returned in 2000, then returned on a regular basis from 2002 until early 2007. In 2007, Rowell became unhappy with the soap opera behind the scenes, labeling daytime television and The Young and the Restless as racist for not having enough African American cast and crew. She also argued the directions of her storylines which weren't heard, prompting her to leave. Within the storyline, Drucilla fell off a cliff and was presumed dead as her body was never found. Rowell has openly expressed pleasure in returning, and due to the character's strong appeal and popularity, viewers have begged the series to re-hire her. However, CBS has stated that having Drucilla return is not the creative decision they are looking for, which has disappointed fans of the actress.
    In 1990, Rowell was cast as street urchin-turned-ballet-dancer Drucilla Barber on the CBS daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless.
    More Details Hide Details Rowell became a fan favorite and was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards in 1996, 1997 and 1998. She won 11 NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of Drucilla.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 29
    Rowell's first marriage was to Tom Fahey in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details They had a daughter, Maya, and divorced the following year. Rowell had a long-term relationship with musician Wynton Marsalis; and they had a son, Jasper.
  • 1987
    Age 27
    Rowell made her film debut in the 1987 comedy film Leonard Part 6 opposite Bill Cosby and later had a recurring role on The Cosby Show In 1988 she also had the recurring role of Nella Franklin on the CBS daytime soap opera, As the World Turns.
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    Rowell began her career as ballet dancer and model, before making her acting debut in the 1987 comedy film, Leonard Part 6.
    More Details Hide Details In 1990, Rowell joined the cast of the CBS daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless as Drucilla Winters, her signature and longest role on television, for which she was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards. She departed from the show in 2007. Rowell is also well known for her role as Dr. Amanda Bentley in the CBS medical crime drama Diagnosis: Murder (1993-2001). From 1993 to 2000, she appeared on both series simultaneously. Rowell has had a number of roles in feature films. She starred alongside Eddie Murphy in the 1992 comedy The Distinguished Gentleman, and later had roles in films Dumb and Dumber (1994), Barb Wire (1996), and Eve's Bayou (1997). Rowell is an eleven time NAACP Image Awards winner (for The Young and the Restless).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Rowell was born in Portland, Maine, on May 10, 1959.
    More Details Hide Details Her biological mother, Dorothy Rowell, was of English descent and a Mayflower descendant, and her birth father, whose surname was Wilson, was of African-American descent. Rowell knew very little about her father. Dorothy, who suffered from schizophrenia, took a taxi to a hospital to give birth to Rowell, leaving a son and two small daughters unsupervised. When she was 16 days old, Rowell, along with her two sisters, Sheree and Lori, was surrendered to child services. While living in Maine with foster parents Agatha C. and Robert Armstead, Rowell, then eight, began ballet lessons. She became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, an African-American Greek-Lettered Sorority. After dancing with the American Ballet Theater II and the Juilliard School of Music Dance Extension program with Antony Tudor, Rowell accepted guest artist teaching posts in New England.
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